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Firearms recovered in bin in Sunderland

Police officers have recovered three firearms believed to have been stolen from a car in Sunderland.

Northumbria Police received reports of a rubbish bin on fire on Julius Caesar Street in Southwick just before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Officers discovered the bin contained a shotgun and two rifles, which could have been stolen from a car on Old Mill Road in Southwick on December 29th.

Two men, aged 26 and 36, have been arrested in connection with the case and police enquiries are ongoing.


Appeal after Newcastle cars damaged by firearm

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after cars were damaged in Newcastle last night by what looks to have been a firearm.

Officers were called to Denton Road in Newcastle where a Ford Focus and a Ford Mondeo appeared to have been damaged by a firearm.

Witnesses reported seeing a white van in the area at around the time the damaged occurred.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles or people in the area around the time of the incident.

There are currently extra patrols taking place in the area to reassure residents.

"At this stage our enquiries indicate this was not a random incident and as such we do not believe there is a danger to the wider public.

Although no-one was threatened with a firearm at any point we take all reports where it's suggested a firearm is involved extremely seriously. The community can rest assured we're doing everything possible to establish exactly what happened.

At this stage it appears the people involved are known to each other and it was an isolated incident. Additional patrols are taking place and anyone with any concerns should speak with their local officers."

– Superintendent Dave Byrne, Newcastle Area Command

Four men arrested over firearms offences

Police have arrested four men in County Durham in connection with firearms offences.

The men were arrested last night, after police followed a car in Consett, as part of a planned operation.

A Webley revolver was recovered near the scene. No one was injured.

One man was arrested at the scene. Three others were arrested later, after after police received information from the public.

The four men area are aged between 23 and 28, and are all from the Derwentside and Sunderland areas.

Firearms incident in Gosforth

Police are investigating firearms offenses and a man has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill after an incident in Gosforth. Concerned neighbours called police to Bowsden Terrace just after 4.30am this morning.

Officers spoke to the 30 year old man inside the house and sectioned off part of the street. No further information is available.

Seven arrested in firearms seige

Seven people have been arrested after police seized three firearms in a preplanned operation in Northumberland.

Armed officers stopped a Vauxhall Vectra in the North Seaton area of Ashington at 1:35pm on Saturday 24 March. They found what is believed to be a rifle and handgun in the boot of the car.

The two weapons were seized and a 36-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were arrested at the scene.

Police carried out enquiries in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas and an air weapon and a quantity of firearms ammunition were seized from properties.

Two men, aged 51 and 60, two women, aged 56 and 32, and a juvenile were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and are in police custody.

This was a preplanned intelligence led operation that has led to a number of arrests and potentially dangerous weapons being seized by officers. We take reports of firearms and weapons extremely seriously and will always take action if we have reason to believe people are in possession of illegal weapons. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers from the local neighbourhood teams will be carrying out extra high visibility patrols in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas - speaking to and reassuring residents.

– Superintendent Dianne Winship, Northumberland Police